See sage grouse mating dance during free field trip

Published: Wednesday, April 9 2014 3:33 p.m. MDT

A male greater sage grouse struts at a lek near Henefer. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Wild About Birds Nature Center will sponsor a free field trip to see the annual sage grouse mating dance.

Christopher Watkins, Deseret News archives

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LAYTON — The Division of Wildlife Resources and the Wild About Birds Nature Center are sponsoring a free field trip to see male sage grouse fight for dominance and make elaborate displays as they try to draw the attention of female grouse.

The free event will be held on Saturday, April 19. Those who would like to participate can meet at 5:30 a.m. at the Wild About Birds Nature Center, 1986 N. Hill Field Road.

From the center, people will caravan with other participants to an area near East Canyon Reservoir. People should dress for cool weather and bring binoculars.

"Our bird walks are a great family activity and a wonderful way to introduce children to the world of nature," says Bill Fenimore, the expert birder who owns the center.

For more information, call 801-779-BIRD (2473) or visit the Wild About Birds Nature Center Facebook page.

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